Take Me There: 😱😱😱😱😱😱😱 7/10
You know when things are going pretty well and not many people in your country are getting incarcerated and you have a bunch of empty prisons just lyin’ around?
Yeah, The Netherlands knows.
The country has quite a few empty prisons, so much so that it can afford to turn some of them into prison hotels. Minus the being jailed and not being able to leave and the not-so-nice living conditions.
The incarceration rate in the Netherlands is one of the lowest in Europe (57 people per 100,000), causing many former prisons to just sit empty. Whilst some have been repurposed as asylum for refugees, and others have been turned into tourist attractions, this particular one is a hotel.
The Het Arresthuis (translates to “house arrest”) is a hotel that was once a prison. Located in the town of Roermond, a little outside Amsterdam, the guest rooms are former detention cells. Except, of course, heavily revamped with some serious interior design skills.
There are regular rooms and suites, each with fitting names (The Jailer, The Lawyer, The Director and The Judge), as well as a gourmet restaurant. Wi-Fi flows through the air and individual rooms are equipped with everything from flat-screen TVs to contemporary art. You almost forget this place used to be a prison.
Whilst the inner workings have been refurbished, the room entrances still look very much like the original jail cell doors. Then, of course, there is the jail-y setup of the whole building, like the slim corridors and the metal stairs. It’s a little eerie, but it’s definitely very interesting.
All images cr: Het Arresthuis
I mean, just imagine the stories these walls would tell if they could speak. What do they think of their new life? What do they remember of their old one? Does it feel weird to have purple lights in there now?
Perhaps when you lie in bed at night, you can serve some time thinking about it.